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Walden University Reviews of Doctoral in Education

20 Reviews

Locations:   Minneapolis (MN) 

Annual Tuition: $12,180

77% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
65% of students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student Reviews - Doctoral in Education

Student Reviews - Doctoral in Education

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Caroline Wendy Narine

Reviewed: 8/11/2021

Degree: Education

The completion of my doctoral degree at Walden was a huge learning curve for me. I did not expect such a comprehensive package of courses. They were relevant to my specific area of study and scaffolded the research process. By the end of the doctoral journey, my competence was not limited to one research method but I graduated with expertise in all. The high quality and commitment of the instructors was exceptional. As an international student, the prompt and detailed feedback from my committee was... Read More

Leria Joy McKenzie

Reviewed: 8/5/2021

Degree: Education

Doing my doctoral degree at Walden University was a great experience. The quality of instruction was first class even though I did not realize it until I graduated and began helping my peers who were working on their doctoral dissertations and Masters' research. Being a Walden graduate also opened doors of opportunities that I never anticipated, such as presenting at international conferences and getting lucrative job offers. I'm glad I chose Walden over the various other universities that I reviewed... Read More

DeEtta Balthazar

Reviewed: 3/19/2021

Degree: Education

I am currently enrolled in Walden and I think the professors and curriculum is good. However, their financial aid office is filled with a bunch of dishonest people. They find every opportunity they can to cancel your financial aid and get to make you pay out of pocket. I really hate that I enrolled is this University.


Reviewed: 11/28/2018

Degree: Education

More needed to be done to prepare doctoral students for the dissertation and/or doctoral project. No preparations or guidance for writing the dissertation/doctoral study was done in my program until the 7th semester. Universities such as Capella begin this process in the first or second quarter.


Reviewed: 6/18/2018

Degree: Education

My degree involved some great classes and I learned a lot, but the program was very regimented and a number of the courses were not sequenced properly. Most of my books were 7 years old. I had to supplement what I was learning with coursework from other universities because there was not enough variety in my program. The coursework did not prepare you well for the research and dissertation/doctoral study phase of your degree. Consequently, you are forced to spend additional time and money trying... Read More

Diane S

Reviewed: 5/4/2018

Degree: Education

The advisor gave me bad information which cost me money. I requested a different one. I then was hospitalized and the new advisor had me submit paperwork for refund/withdraw. Did everything I was supposed to. I was told by advisor it was approved. The next thing I know I'm getting calls about owing tuition for the semester I had withdrawn. When they called I explained and they said I had to find the advisor and have them clear it up. The advisor was gone and they assigned the first advisor back to... Read More

Older guy

Reviewed: 2/16/2018

Degree: Education

At first I was really intimidated by the lack of direction when it came to figuring out the system but once I had that, I was good to go. good instructors, good classwork and knowledge base, very few complaints. It is not easy, but if you keep at it, anything is possible. Some people are not suited to totally online studies, and I assume that is where the negative complaints come from. I, however, love the format and find it stimulating and refreshing to have this much freedom to do well. If you... Read More


Reviewed: 5/9/2017

Degree: Education

Walden University is corrupt. I started the program in March of 2010. Things went well until I finished the courses and began my dissertation. I faced the same problems many others have listed, changing committee members, long waits for revisions, long waits for the writing center, and committee members constantly making me completely changes things. This, of course, led to extreme debt, because Walden charges all the way through the dissertation process, over $5000. a quarter. In 2015, I was forced... Read More


Reviewed: 4/24/2017

Degree: Education

As an adult learner, especially through online learning, the individual needs self-motivation and have proactive behaviors for seeking help or answers. I have had an extremely positive experience with WU. Just like anything else in life, you get what you put in - I am very happy with my program and the end results.


Reviewed: 12/20/2016

Degree: Education

Walden purposefully prolongs the dissertation phase simply for profit. My entire experience in the Ed.D. program was terrible. My first chair was hardly around, the 2nd committee member in that group missed tons of problems according to the URR. What was all that committee work for to have it rejected by the URR? Oh, yeah, so I would have to start the whole process over while paying more tuition. Also, the amount of other technical issues and lack of professionalism I dealt with would take forever... Read More


Reviewed: 6/12/2016

Degree: Education

I recently completed my doctorate at Walden. Walden, like many schools, is what you make it. If you want it to be a transformative experience, begin each course with this lens. I got ill at one point in my program and needed to take time. I found my professor was incredibly supportive and helped me get through the semester relatively unscathed. Expectations didn't dropped, but there was flexibility when it was warranted.While yes, it is a business, the learning environment provides a space for growth... Read More

Former Ed.D Student

Reviewed: 6/9/2016

Degree: Education

Do not attend Walden University. I am part of a group of ex Walden students who maxed out student loans and never received support on dissertations and never granted an Ed.D. Use your money for an established university that is not taught online. They are For -Profit and only interested in keeping you enrolled for years to continue taking your money.

Nancy Taylor

Reviewed: 5/14/2016

Degree: Education

I am currently having a terrible experience with your school. I am in the Doctor of Education program and received an incomplete from my professor for a paper that she acknowledged that I did correctly. I have been trying to contact her for three weeks with the response that she is traveling "this week". I assume there is no rush to correct the error on the school's part because I am on temporary leave while I have my baby, and they are not in danger or losing money by not responding immediately.... Read More


Reviewed: 3/23/2016

Degree: Education

Please save your money! I received my masters from the school. I went back and had to leave for a family emergency. They are charging me for the entire semester and have added an additional 1200. I owe them 5400 for a class I could not complete. They do not take family emergencies into consideration. On top of that, my initial degree from them is no longer accepted in the state.

Dr. Lill

Reviewed: 2/26/2016

Degree: Education

I have a BA degree and an MFA from highly ranked universities. I was hoping to complete a Ph.D. at USC, but found myself working full time. Walden was recommended to my by my grad school Dean at USC at the time. In my years at Walden I loved what my truly excellent professors taught me. My dissertation ended up winning an award for excellence, and my career was successfully boosted. These many years later I still use what I learned at Walden.

Samantha Taylor

Reviewed: 2/19/2016

Degree: Education

Exceptional university, excellent faculty, superior student support services, current curriculum, best academic experience. I never had to work so hard to earn a grade. My doctoral advisor was a tremendous expert who was constantly available. This was my most challenging academic achievement and I would absolutely make this same choice of university. Walden University is set apart from the rest.


Reviewed: 6/17/2015

Degree: Education

I love this school. The program is intense and educative! When I was researching online programs, Walden is the name that kept coming up. They have been around since the 1970's and were the first teacher education school for currently employed educators. The program is rigorous and upholds expectations of excellence. For students who have not previously attended online school, this may not be the right choice.

H. M. Smith

Reviewed: 3/6/2015

Degree: Education

One has to be self-motivated to complete an online degree. No excuses; one has to do the work and progress through the program as outlined. Is every faculty member perfect? No. However, having spent my entire career in higher education (30+ years), I can say that there are plenty of faculty members at excellent "bricks and mortar" institutions that are far from perfect, as well. The program at Walden worked well for me. I had only one suspect faculty member, but because the material in that course... Read More


Reviewed: 3/5/2015

Degree: Education

The good old days when life was simple and the faculty and process was exceptional. I cannot review the current situation but can attest to the excellent service and dedication of both faculty and staff. The courses were rigorous, the feedback timely and the quality of summer institutes second to none. The cohort of the late 80's were practicing professionals who dedicated an inordinate amount of time in pursuit of their goals. I have a sense that the current students are not willing to dedicate... Read More


Reviewed: 10/24/2014

Degree: Education

The class rigor, advisor support, and guidance by professors outranked my experiences with the brick-and-mortar universities I attended. If you are looking for an accredited and respected advanced degree from an online university and are willing to work for it (which, of course you should anyway) then WU should be a consideration.


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